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Reproducible worksheets that facilitate multicase recording and analysis are provided by the author.
The cover photo is taken from one of the book's featured cases from the Open Society Institute's Step by Step program. Currently operating in 30 countries, Step by Step promotes reform of teacher training systems and early education policies in partnership with governmental and nongovernmental organizations. The photo depicts parents who participated in the program at a Roma settlement in Slovakia, working with their preschool-age children at home to prepare them for school. Photo courtesy of Eva Koncoková, Wide Open School Foundation, Slovakia
Examining situational complexity is a vital part of social and behavioral science research. This engaging text provides an effective process for studying multiple cases—such as sets of teachers, staff development sessions, or clinics operating in different locations—within one complex program. The process also can be used to investigate broadly occurring phenomena without programmatic links, such as leadership or sibling rivalry. Readers learn to design, analyze, and report studies that balance common issues across the group of cases with the unique features and context of each case. Three actual case reports from a transnational early childhood program illustrate the author's approach, and helpful reproducible worksheets facilitate multicase recording and analysis.